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Teach Yourself Cochrane

Posted on 3rd May 2017 by

Learning Resources

This blog is a review of a resource. In this case, ‘Teach Yourself Cochrane’, a resource produced by Cochrane Training. If you’re a student and would like to share your thoughts about different resources and learning tools, you can find more information here. 

Teach Yourself Cochrane tells the story behind Cochrane and the challenges the organisation faces in finding good quality evidence to produce systematic reviews. You will learn how you can find information about clinical trials and read Cochrane reviews, and also ways to get involved as a Consumer. 

Access ‘Teach Yourself Cochrane’ here

Roughly how long did it take you to read/view/complete?

20 minutes

What did you think of the resource? (e.g. was it clear or difficult to understand?)

It gives a good, clear description of Cochrane. However, on the Testing Treatments website, this resource is listed under key concept 2.12 ‘relative measures of effects can be misleading’ and I do not feel as though this resource is particularly relevant to this concept and does not particularly explain this concept.

Do you feel it improved your understanding?

It doesn’t help understanding of the relative measures of effects (key concept 2.12) that much but does outline Cochrane’s work and how to prevent misleading information through systematic reviews.

What problems did you find with it (if any) / how do you think it could be improved?

The resource itself is good but not too relevant to this section and is quite long.

Overall, what would you score the resource out of 5? (and why?)

4 – it’s a good resource but doesn’t particularly address this section.


Gareth Grant

I am a Medical Student at St Andrews University currently in my 3rd (and final) year here but will be moving to Glasgow University for a further 3 years to complete my MBChB. I grew up near Edinburgh - so haven't ventured far yet, however, I am keen to do some work abroad when I qualify. I am currently keeping an open mind to which area of medicine I would like to specialise in but have a strong interest in medical research in general. View more posts from Gareth

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